2018 was an odd year, wasn't it? It wasn't, in my opinion, a good year, but it wasn't as bad as 2017, and certainly better than 2016, which can still fuck off.
It was a year of massive change for me - I changed jobs, and got a flat, in the middle of the year - the upshot being that I didn't have as much time to post as I've previously I had. I made a genuine effort to up my posting in December, but I still didn't manage to make escape velocity (which I thought would be easy! How the mighty fall!).
Since Christmas, I've done a few positive things, which are all meant to start the year out right. I've bought a ticket to 'con, ordered myself some porn, and squirreled away some money. I've started making a mental list of things to do which I can look forward to.
I've also got people I'm grateful for - not just my friends in real life, but online people too. This year, I've been grateful for Anna, who has always been a pleasant presence on Twitter, Daniel, who remembered my birthday at 'con, Charlotte, who I promised I'd mention 'cause she is awesome, and Sati, who I met for the first time this year (and want to spend more time with now!). And, of course, there has been the constant existence of Jillian, without whom...
Throughout these twelve years, my blog has been my lifeline - without it, I don't know where I'd be, or what sort of a mental state I'd be in. Here, then, are twelve posts from 2018: my favourite one from each month. There are so many more to read, but just in case you don't have time to read them all...
January started off the year with the sad news that an old friend of the family had died. One of the kindest people I'd ever met, in fact, who was also one of the first gay people I'd ever met. I didn't get to go to the funeral... but I did write a eulogy for her. This is the ILB version, with added personal history.
February: Lady Rolo
A post for Valentine's about something that happenes while I was still at school. Yes, there are a lot of these posts, but if it's a formula that works...
March: Ten Things I Got Out Of Eroticon 2018 (The Human Beings Edition)
Those of you who were at Eroticon last year may remember that I was quite ill. That I left the Saturday afternoon sessions because it was my birthday and I was going to see Hamilton. That I left the Sunday evening quite quickly because I was meant to go to a musical event. In all the hubbub I wasn't quite aware of how sick I was, but it didn't distract me from all the amazing people I met at 'con. Out of so many, here are ten of them.
April: Review: QUEEN/BEE by Hot Octopuss
Sex toy reviews aren't usually something I get to write, and since I'm no particular fan of sex toys, maybe that's for the best. This, however, was really fun to test, and I had a ball writing the review. If you're looking for a funny sex toy review post and you're all done reading Epiphora, then maybe you could give this one a go. You know, if you have the time.
May: The Fear
This was going to be the prologue to a book I have yet to write before it turned into something else. The first sentence, at least, remains intact.
June: Warm glowing warming glow
I'm no longer allowed to refer to my girlfriend as "sex princess", so this is probably the last post in which I'll be able to use said phrase. Anyway, this post is about the feeling after sex... and it aligns quite well with the incredibly sexually-charged summer everyone in the country seemed to be having this year. I don't recall any other summer making the whole nation horny.
July: Bring it on now...
The very best thing about writing this post was the amount of times I got to type the phrase "DEATHLY SILENCE". It was a fun one, although maybe it says more about me than anything else I've written this year.
August: Universal Declaration of ILB
Written in the style of the preamble to the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, I enjoyed putting this one together. It was a story I wanted to tell, but I wanted to do it in a relatively unique way. This seemed to fit.
September: Incredible Thoughts
Written in the style of Incredible Thoughts from the film POPSTAR: Never Stop Never Stopping, I enjoyed putting this one together. It was a confused jumble that I wanted to share, but I wanted to do it in a relatively unique way. This seemed to fit.
October: Logical Man
Another story from my past. I'm not quite sure why I chose this, but it certainly conjures up the memory in my head almost perfectly. Maybe it's just the idea of simpler times that had me write it... but, in any case, I wrote it, and the fact that I hadn't done so yet was the perfect excuse to do so.
November: ILB's Operating Manual
Those who wish to elicit an orgasm from your functioning ILB, take note! This is how you charge the sex machine!
December: Year 12
Not so much a post as a round-up. As it turns out, distilling twelve years into a few hundred words is a relatively difficult task. Who knew? I also updated my about page on this day, but that didn't count as a post, so I write this too! Aren't I nice?